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Infantino said that a 'solid and serious' group of investors is willing to spend $25 billion on the 'Final 8' and a revamped version of the Club World Cup, which would also start in 2021, with 24 teams. It has already been branded the 'Final 8' and is part of an ambitious plan to reform worldwide football.

The plans were sent by Fifa President Gianni Infantino to the members of Fifa's decision-making Council which still has to approve them.

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It would likely be staged in one country every two years across a period of as few as eight days in the autumn of odd-numbered years from 2021.

The consortium is guaranteeing $13 billion in revenue over 12 years from the Nations League, allowing Federation Internationale de Football Association to compensate countries that would lose match dates now reserved for friendlies they organize.

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It could lead to criticism that Fifa is over-complicating global football and devaluing its flagship World Cup. Each team qualifying for the "Final 8" competition in the following year would bank $15 million and another $5 million for being runner-up or $10 million for winning the title.

Of course, with Infantino pushing to allow more and more teams into the World Cup proper (48 will qualify, as of 2026!) what worldwide football probably doesn't need is another overly-complicated, over-inclusive tertiary tournament to distract from and ultimately devalue the grand prize.

It's unclear now how spots would be allocated, but you figure six of the eight spots would be the winners of regional club competitions, the host country and then the reigning World Cup champ, just like the Confederations Cup. Germany collected only $4.1 million for winning the event a year ago.

The FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia update is actually pretty radical, when you think about it.




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